Last Saturday we attended a modelling workshop run by Sabine Gruchet who regularly models for Vida Moda. There is quite a demand for plus size models in the market now as more retailers are taking note that a good portion of the buying public are not actually skinny 16 year olds!
It’s not easy to find good plus size models, which in our world is size 16+. Sabine has set up a new business delivering modelling workshops called In Front of the Camera in which Sabine and her team aim to teach aspiring models the tradecraft of being a professional model. Best of all, from our perspective Sabine is specifically aiming to teach plus size models and we were very pleased to be able to provide a number of items of clothing for the first Workshop.
Setting up a shot. © All Rights Reserved by Sabine Gruchet
All fun and glamour you might think? Yes the day was fun for the participants but obviously has a serious side to it. Most of the girls attending want to pursue a professional modelling career and Saturday not only provided them with instruction but also a realistic taste of what a modelling assignment is like.
It wasn’t runway modelling, which is different, the initial workshops that In Front of the Camera are delivering are all about photography, and specifically the kind of photography we as an online retail need for our online boutique.
The online retail business is very different to high street retail and in some respects is a lot like the catalogue industry. When we run a photo shoot we typically want to photograph a lot of garments as quickly as possible for economic reasons. However we want the best photographs we can get and that requires a combination of factors coming together to achieve the end result.
Despite what people might think the modelling side of a shoot like this is very hard work. Hot lights, quick changes and repetitive hair and make-up adjustments and being on your feet most of the day make it hard work. Oh yes and the need to pose and smile somewhere between 350 and 500 times in a day and try and make each look like your best smile of the day. That’s quite a day’s work!
Sabine and her model coaching team are all professionals and have a vast array of knowledge to impart to new models so to have a modelling workshop available for plus size girls is amazing and we at Vida Moda are very pleased to be associated with it and to help promote it. There are no rules that say plus size girls can’t be great models, fashion modelling isn’t just for waif like pixies and it isn’t just for young models. Plus Size modelling does offer the opportunity for a wider age group which adds more variety and that works well for us as the age of our customers varies greatly.
In Sabine's experience a lot of models don't having any formal training and not been taught the basics of modelling. They learn on the job but end up with a limited series of poses that don't allow them to reach their potential. The coaching team running In front of the Camera's modelling workshops aim to teach the basic skills that all models need.
The modelling workshops aren't just for aspiring models they are also for models who new pictures from a theme styled shoot or for those who wish to brush up on their skills. Plus -size modelling isn't any different from straight size modelling, you still need to be tall and in proportion with a good face, hair and teeth. You need to be very bubbly with a great personality and smile and have the ability to project this through the day on modelling assignments.
If you have aspirations to model, are plus size and would like to attend a workshop please contact Sabine at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the modelling workshop website at infrontofthecamera.co.uk
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